On the 8th of February 2019, the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC) was established with a signature ceremony during the ‘e-Navigation Underway International 2019’ conference.
This is an important step for e-navigation – and for the digitalisation in the maritime domain at large. A platform like the Maritime Connectivity Platform is needed in order to ensure secure and reliable information exchange.
The structure of the consortium is inspired from the World Wide Web consortium. It has a core of so called host-members, which are the ones signing the consortium arrangement, and which are all non-profit organisations. Every other relevant organisation is invited to join as regular member.
IALA is part of the consortium advisory board, which is intended to have representatives from international organisations.
The picture shows the signing ceremony during e-Navigation Underway on board Pearl Seaways.
The World-Wide Academy organizes a Seminar on the Safety of Navigation under the theme of “Effective Implementation of IALA Standards” the day before the Conference at the same venue. Registration is now available on this link: https://www.iala-aism.org/product/wwa-seminar-on-the-safety-of-navigation/. There is no fee to participate in the Seminar. Please note that separate registrations are needed for the Seminar and for the Conference.
The 68 th session of the IALA Council met from 11 to 14th December at IALA Headquarters
The 8th Session of the ARM Committee was held at IALA Headquarters from 22 to 26 October 2018.
The session was attended by 64 participants from 28 countries, of which 44 were National Members, 3 were Industrial Members, 13 were Associate Members, 3 were observers. Seventeen participants attended for the first time. The following chart shows an analysis of participants.
The Committee commenced the work for the 2018-2022 work period, including the new role of the ARM Committee regarding operational aspects of Maritime Services which fits well with the overall strategy of IALA and the evolution of the maritime sector.
Working in three working groups, the Committee considered 98 input papers including presentations and produced 15 output documents including 1revised Academy model course, 10 liaison notes, 1 workshop proposal and 17 working papers. All Recommendations and Guidelines considered were aligned with the proposed seven Standards.
The Committee produced the following Model Course:
Draft Model Course L1.2 Master of AtoN Management Ed.1_20181024.
The Committee prepared the following workshop proposal:
The eighth meeting of the ENG Committee (ENG8) was held from 15th to 19th October 2018 in IALA HQ.
The session was attended by 82 participants from 28 countries, of which 51 were National Members, 15 were Industrial Members, 16 were Associate Members. There were no observers. Seventeen participants attended for the first time. The following chart shows an analysis of the participation.
Working in three working groups, the Committee considered 90 input papers including presentations and produced 29 output documents including 6 revised Academy model courses, 2 draft Recommendations, 3 draft Guidelines, 4 workshop/seminar proposals and 17 working papers. All Recommendations and Guidelines considered were aligned with the proposed seven Standards.
The Committee produced the following Recommendations, Guidelines, Model Courses:
Draft new Recommendation on Resilient PNT
Draft IALA Recommendation R0200-1 (E200-1) Ed.2 on Marine Signal Lights Colours
Draft Guideline 1006 on plastic buoys
Draft Guideline G1067-3 Ed.2 Electrical Energy Storage for AtoN_Dec2017
Draft Guideline 1065 Ed.4 AtoN Signal Light Beam Vertical Divergence_Dec2017
Draft new WWA Model Course L1.2 Master of AtoN Management
The Committee drafted the following proposals for workshops/ seminars:
IALA members are encouraged to submit their proposals for the theme 2019 to the secretariat at email@example.com before November 1st 2018.
The objectives of the World Marine AtoN Day are the following:
To promote greater awareness of IALA by bringing to the attention of the wider public the role of IALA and the significance of its technical work in enhancing the safety of navigation world-wide.
To improve the society’s perception of AtoN as modern, technologically advanced marine aids which, alongside traditional lighthouses, embrace the latest digital developments and support new developments in all fields, including VTS.
In order to enhance the cooperation between the Saudi Ports Authority and IALA, His Excellency the President, Mr. Saad AlKhalb, invited the Secretary-General of IALA, Mr. Francis Zachariae for a meeting on Sunday 2 September 2018. Many essential topics were discussed like the urgent need for resilient position, navigation and timing and the support for IALA change of status into an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO). The Dean of the IALA World-Wide Academy, Mr. Omar Frits Eriksson, gave an update on the Academy work and future common projects were explored.
e-Navigation Underway (North America), a two-day conference, is scheduled for November 6-7 and will be hosted by California State University Maritime Academy at its campus in Vallejo, California.
Organized under the auspices of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) the theme of the conference is e-Navigation: Opening the Door to the Future – Emerging technologies and their impact in the maritime industry.
Material presented will explore the development of e-navigation and will introduce significant changes affecting the maritime industry. The rate of change is accelerating and the effects on maritime operations and the workforce will be significant. In order to examine future competency requirements, the conference will focus on a spectrum of likely developments, from those on the calendar for 2019 to those perhaps 20+ years in the future.
The conference will provide a snapshot of the likely major e-navigation developments within a twenty-year planning horizon, and do so in sufficient detail to stimulate thought and planning about the nature of the future maritime workforce and the educational and training base needed to support it.
A one-day IALA Seminar on VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) was held at the YourWorld Conference Centre in Yiwu city on Monday 16 July 2018. The Seminar was followed by a four-day meeting of the IALA Working Group on Communications, part of the ENAV Committee.
A one-day IALA Seminar on VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) was held at the YourWorld Conference Centre in Yiwu city on Monday 16 July. The Seminar was followed by a four-day meeting of the IALA Working Group on Communications, part of the ENAV Committee. The two events were hosted by China MSA and IALA, and sponsored by Zhe Jiang SIST Co., Ltd.
The Seminar was opened by Mr WANG Zelong, Deputy Director-General of MSA, Mr LI Dongfang, Vice-Mayor of Yiwu, and Mr Michael CARD, Deputy Secretary-General of IALA. The keynote speech was given by Mr YUAN Minhui, from the Beijing Institute of Space Science and Information Technology.
The Seminar highlighted developments in VDES, including the possible use of VDES to support position, navigation and timing (PNT) through VDES R-Mode. The seminar was a major success with more than 100 participants from China and abroad participating.
Following the Seminar, the Working Group on Communications met from the 17th to the 20th. An objective of the working group meeting included reviewing and improving the IALA Guideline 1139 to capture the technical description of VDES, with the expectation of updating a new draft version of this Guideline at the ENAV 22 Committee meeting in October.
VDES is a VHF digital communications system specifically designed for the Imaritime environment. VDES is expected to carry maritime safety information and other ship data information, with both terrestrial and space components. As a system, VDES includes and protects the existing AIS channels, which will remain unchanged, while adding extra channels for Application Specific Messages and for digital data transmission. A major driver for VDES is to reserve the AIS channels for safety of navigation, moving to other channels the increasing numbers of non-safety related messages now being imposed on the AIS frequencies.
On Friday 6th July 2018, IALA had the pleasure to receive the Vice-Admiral Antonio Fernando Garcez Faria from the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation, National Member of IALA in Brazil for a courtesy visit. Mr Garcez and the IALA secretariat discussed their long standing collaboration and also the next IALA Conference scheduled for 2022.
In the picture from left to right: Michael Card, Deputy Secretary-General of IALA, Francis Zachariae, Secretary-General of IALA, Vice-Admiral Antonio Fernando Garcez Faria, Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation, Brazil, Omar Frits Eriksson, Dean of IALA WWA.
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